June 16th, 2010

atheist teacher

CREDO Charter School study

This is news a year old, but I just spotted that Stanford's Center for Research on Educational Outcomes did a study of charter schools (executive summary here) and found that on average, they did worse than public schools:
Charters whose math growth exceeded their TPS equivalent growth by a significant
amount account for 17 percent of the total.
The remaining group, 37 percent of charter schools, posted math gains that were
significantly below what their students would have seen if they enrolled in local
traditional public schools instead.
Charter school students on average see a decrease in their academic growth in reading
of .01 standard deviations compared to their traditional school peers. In math, their
learning lags by .03 standard deviations on average. While the magnitude of these
effects is small, they are both statistically significant.

Obviously, there's plenty of individual variation, and states that have more stringent oversight tend to have charters that provide better outcomes than their public schools.

Casino Arcana Soundtrack

Probably of interest only to me, but...

Saturn in the Summer Time - Barry Adamson
The House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
Ship Of Fools - The Doors
Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Love Is A Gamble - Eartha Kitt
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
1000 More Fools - Bad Religion
Poker Faces (Lady Gaga vs. Christopher Walken vs. Cartman) - Half Mast/Hat
Carl Sagan - Glorious Dawn (ft Stephen Hawking) - Colorpulse
Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Gypsy Queen (Live)/Black Magic Woman - Santana
I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
I Want To Be Evil - Eartha Kitt
The Boss - James Brown
Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones
Devil With The Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Spellbound - Siouxsie & The Banshees
I Want To Conquer The World - Bad Religion
Better Off Dead - Bad Religion
Diet Pill - L7
"Righteous" - Twig
Golgotha Tenement Blues - Machines Of Loving Grace
Loverman - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Let Love In
Blue-Eyed Devil - Soul Coughing
Darling Nikki - Foo Fighters
Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...) - Queen
Sunbeam - Submarine
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Walking On The Moon - Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
Wandering Star - Portishead
This Is Not A Love Song - Nouvelle Vague
Baracunatana - Aterciopeiados
On the Radio - Regina Spektor
Spanish Doll - Poe
Standing On The Edge Of The World - Operatica
Silent Scream - T.S.O.L.
Hurt me Soul - Lupe Fiasco
Metaphysical - Sumack
Lake Of Fire - Nirvana
Heartbreaker (At the end of lonely street) - Dread Zeppelin
Is That All There Is? (Long Version) - Cristina
"Mushroom Hunting" - Yoko Kanno
Unemployed - Swamp Zombies
Wicked Wedding - DJ Schmolli
If I Were a Free Fallin' Boy (Beyonce vs. Tom Petty) - DJ Earworm
aerosmith_sweet_emotions_v. Alicia Keys U Dont Know My Name
The Good, The Bad, and The Erb
Break through love - DJ Zebra
Sweet Dreams are Made of Seven Nation Army - DJ Poly
Close To Konichiwa Bitches (Robyn vs. The Cure) - A plus D
Get It On At Le Disko (T.Rex vs. Shiny Toy Guns)-The Illuminoids
The Ice Cream Mash - MadMixMustang
Brick Dick - dj magnet
It's Fun To Smoke Dust (Queen vs. Satan) - dj lobsterdust
hauntedbela (Bauhaus vs. The Haunted Mansion)